One simply can crack. Lightning is not even fast in terms of both charging and data transfer.
A few days ago, popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the iPhone would ditch Lightning in favour of USB-C. It seems like the analysis is true as the company has started testing USB-C iPhones recently. Take note this does not affect any iPhone lineup released this year and the previous year. The Lightning port will stay.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is also working on an adapter that lets USB-C-enabled phones work on iPhones that still use the Lightning port. Knowing this is Apple, this, of course, will be sold separately! They are pro-environmentalists after all.
The move to USB-C would actually benefit several Apple users. For instance, newer iPads, Macs, and MacBooks already uses USB-C and the Thunderbolt port. This makes the iPhone one of the last phones to not adapt it. If the iPhones do use it, then users will experience faster data transfer and charging speeds, and they will be streamlined and unified across Apple products.
One of the reasons for this surprising move was probably due to intense tensions between Apple and the European Union as the law governing body has pushed for more USB-C equipped devices. Not a problem for Android though as most has already shifted to USB-C, with some exception for some budget and ultra-budget phones.
Apple has responded the most Apple way possible stating that the use of one connector will “harm European consumers by slowing down the introduction of beneficial innovations in charging standards, including those related to safety and energy efficiency.”
The European Union has denied that the push for USB-C phones hampers innovation and has stated that they will adapt if there’s a more efficient system. So even the European Union believes that the Lightning Port is outdated and needs revision.
Source: Bloomberg (may be locked via Paywall), via GSMArena
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